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National leader . . . Peter Newberry, of the Oamaru Goju Ryu Karate Club, has been appointed to a role with the discipline's national body. PHOTO: DANIEL BIRCHFIELD

Oamaru man Peter Newberry aims to impart as much knowledge of the art of Goju Ryu karate to pupils around the country as possible as part of his new role with the discipline’s national body.

A fifth dan at the Oamaru Goju Ryu Karate Club, Newberry was recently appointed to the position of “kambukai” with Goju Ryu Karate Do New Zealand.

He is one of only seven in the country to hold the title at any one time.

“They are like the executives that run the show. The board, I suppose you would call it.”

Though it sounds like a job that might involve sitting behind a table, that certainly won’t be the case.

As part of the role, Newberry, also endorsed with the rank of “shihan”, will travel to clubs across New Zealand to assist with dan gradings and teach at seminars.

He considered the appointment, made at the organisation’s recent annual meeting, a great honour and looked forward to the challenge.

“I suppose it does mean a lot because they recognise me as being worthy . . . I was blown away, actually. I was stunned.

“There is only seven on the committee so it’s one of those things were you don’t look at yourself as a worthy candidate, but they’ve acknowledged your input.

“I get to put my input in. They see me as a worthy person to teach people the way I see it and the way I put my stuff forward.”

He believed he was selected as a result of his dedication to researching the discipline and the valuable insight he would be able to give pupils.

Newberry said Goju Ryu was not about fighting, but lifestyle.

“I look at it as a way to better yourself. I look at it as health and wellbeing.”